Power to NSC

posted at 9:22 am on January 30, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

The wheels of the bus go round and round, but sometimes they kick things back up in the air.  After having been one of the first people to get tossed under the Obama bus during the primaries, Samantha Power has landed on her feet with a new appointment at the National Security Council.  And lucky for her, one of the perks of the job entails international travel — with the woman she described as a “monster”:

Samantha Power, the Harvard University professor who earned notoriety for calling Hillary Rodham Clinton a “monster” while working to elect Barack Obama president, will take a senior foreign policy job at the White House, The Associated Press has learned.

Officials familiar with the decision say Obama has tapped Power to be senior director for multilateral affairs at the National Security Council, a job that will require close contact and potential travel with Clinton, who is now secretary of state. NSC staffers often accompany the secretary of state on foreign trips. …

Power told the Scotsman newspaper that Clinton would stop at nothing to defeat Obama. “She is a monster, too,” Power said in the interview. “She is stooping to anything.” Power added that “the amount of deceit she has put forward is really unattractive.”

A few hours after her comments were published, Power announced her resignation, saying the remarks were inexcusable and contradictory to her admiration for Clinton.

Think she was a monster as an opponent, Ms. Power?  Wait until Hillary’s your boss.  Supposedly the two women buried the hatchet during the transition process, but perhaps Hillary figured that any contact would be short-lived.

As entertaining as that will likely prove, Power’s appointment should concern supporters of Israel.  In October, I warned that Power would find her way back into the administration, and that her views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict match up much closer to Hamas’ than to most Americans.  She makes reference to the conspiracy-theory canard of a huge Jewish lobby controlling American foreign policy on behalf of Israel — as if we wouldn’t naturally ally with the region’s sole functioning democracy over the last fifty years and oppose radical Islamists for any other reason.

And then Power gives her recipe for solving the conflict by essentially destroying the IDF:

Because, of course, the real problem in the region is the one force on which we can rely to fight the radical Islamists and Iranian proxies of Hamas and Hezbollah. Let’s occupy Israel, disarm the IDF, and fight them ourselves! What a brilliant idea! Only a Harvard professor could come up with something this stupid. And isn’t this the same group of people who spent the last six years screeching about how arrogant and wrong-headed the Iraq War was?

This woman is a foreign-policy disaster.

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